Is 2018 the year of the data position?


The utilization and implementation of big data analytics continues to be a bona fide force in the technology community, with 2018 industry projections currently standing at around $40 billion. With this notion in mind, and with an increasing amount of workplaces leaning further into a data-grounded infrastructure, many companies must now revisit their hiring initiatives to account for emerging new data opportunities; this has subsequently led some to believe that 2018 may, in fact, prove to be the “year of the data position.”



Necessary change


Put simply, many businesses are now facing an adapt-or-die scenario in terms of big data acceptance and implementation. In other words, around 62 percent of companies are now planning to implement some form of big data principles in 2018, and history has shown that “industries and organizations that fail to adapt with the changes will soon fade away.” At this point, it is more logical to go with the flow of data’s corporate takeover rather than fight against it.



Benefits in expanding


The healthiest workplaces are arguably those that are not afraid to implement new positions, and surges in data-driven business projects have opened the door to a wide range of these opportunities. The benefits gained from this new approach are potentially far-reaching and can resonate in a variety of ways; an internal promotion to a data-based position, for instance, could give an established employee the chance to broaden his or her skill set, ultimately contributing even more to the company. Regardless, expansion is usually not a bad thing, especially when it is meant to reflect a relevant trend in corporate structure.



A booming market


The market for data-based positions is thriving right now, with over 700,000 job openings expected by 2020, according to IBM. Naturally, this development means more young people will pursue an increasing amount of data-based collegiate programs and related degrees, and as the market continues to expand, this will create a general upswing in interest in data jobs. Many companies have already changed their approach with this trend in mind, both to stay competitive and to leverage a growing pool of potential employees versed in modern data language.


With IBM’s projections orbiting around a relatively near future, 2018 represents a potentially vital and fruitful chapter in a growing employment phenomenon.